City Council considers removal of Confederate monument

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Birmingham City Council is considering removing a Confederate monument from a downtown park.

WVTM-TV ( reported the city council discussed the removal of The Confederate Soldier and Sailor Monument in Linn Park during a work session Wednesday after a church massacre that left nine dead in Charleston last week.

The Outcast Voters League wants the monument, which was erected in 1905, removed. The group says it’s offensive to African-Americans.

City Council President Johnathan Austin said in the meeting the city shouldn’t have anything in the community that perpetuates or promotes division.

Austin says it’s the city’s responsibility to take action on objects or symbols that may make people feel divided.

Frank Matthews, president of the Outcast Voters League, says he’ll bring the issue before Tuesday’s City Council meeting.


Information from: WVTM-TV,

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